Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday's Jive 09-25-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, September 25th, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I'm Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.

For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you're not hearing it on our Jive, go to – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

At the First Church on Court Street, you can tango every Friday starting at 4 pm and continuing until 10. Learn about the program at

Tonight, New Haven's Café Nine has Kim Lenz and the Jaguars presented by Go Kat Go!. On Saturday it's Relative Souls with Political Animals and The Royal Swindle. Finishing up the week is Yuppy Flu for a 9pm show on Sunday. Visit

And tonight New Haven's Toad’s Place is where you can hear Lord Huron and Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club. The complete lineup is at

Hartford's Black-eyed Sally’s brings you Rizzo's Dilemma tonight, an improvisational rock band from Southern CT. On Saturday they headline Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood playing funky Texas Blues, Rock and R&B. Go to

Tonight, Manic Productions brings Low with Andy Shauf to The Ballroom at the Outer Space for a 9pm show. Visit Manic at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they’ve got Alan Doyle tonight at 8pm. On Saturday, you can catch The Purple Xperience - The Ultimate Prince Tribute Band at 8. For the #1 Reggae band, catch the Wailers on Sunday at 7:30 pm. Visit

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts the Mattabessett String Collective, featuring bluegrass, blues, country and rock in a string band style, on Saturday at 8. The Buttonwood's redesigned website will be back soon, meanwhile learn more at

The annual Haunted Corn Maze at the Nathan Hale Homestead happens tonight and Saturday from 7-9:30. Visit for more on this and other events.

Pipes in the Valley Happens this Saturday at 11am on the Mortensen River Plaza in Downtown Hartford. This event features Celtic traditional and rock bands, Highland games, step-dancing, bag pipers, kid's activities, storytelling, sword demonstrations, puppetry and Celtic food. Visit

The Hadlyme Public Hall will host a Benefit Concert for Artists of World Peace, featuring the Artists for World Peace Ensemble Saturday at 7pm.  Included in the performance is Middle Eastern inspired music and a dance, and the International Peace Belt. Located at Hadlyme Public Hall at 1 Day Hill Road/Ferry Road in Hadlyme.

The Sierra Club hosts a Fracked Gas Pipeline Educational Forum this Friday at 7pm at the Guilford Community Center, located 32 Church St., in Guilford. Visit

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents tonight and Saturday at 8pm the Dorrance Dance Company in a Connecticut debut with a blend of tap and modern style. The Combat Paper Project will give an Interactive Demonstration on Saturday at 1:00, two Interactive Workshops on Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 1pm and a talk on Monday at 4:15. The R. Luke Dubois - in Real Time Exhibition continues its second week at the Zilkha Gallery, visiting hours noon-5pm. Full schedules are at

The Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Exhibit at Russell Library continues, featuring paintings and drawings from five formally incarcerated Connecticut artists. Find out more at

You can support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets and enjoy healthy food while you’re at it! The East Haddam Farmer’s market happens every Wednesday from 4 to 7. Durham’s is on Thursdays from 3 to 6. Middletown’s North End market is on Friday from 10-2, with the long-running market on the South Green on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-1. There’s one in Higganum Village on Friday from 3:30-6:30 and on in Cromwell on Friday from 4-7. On the shore, Old Saybrook markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There's a market at 53 Broadway in New Haven every Friday from 10 to 2.  The Chester market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1. Markets end after October. Get the complete list at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Hartford's Real Art Ways, opening tonight is “Blind,” a story about a recently blinded woman who's writings become a second narrative that seep into her reality. Also, opening is "How To Change The World", a documentary about Robert Hunter and associates, and the beginnings of Greenpeace. Both run through next weekend. Visit

Through Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio shows the comedy "Trainwreck", a collaboration of comedian Amy Schumer and director Judd Apatow, in this new comedy. Also, beginning Sunday and running into next week is "Love and Mercy" dealing with the music of the Beachboys Brian Wilson. There's more at


And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05-6 pm, it'll be Wild Wild Live with Ethan and Rachel. A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists' campus shows.

From 6 to 6:30pm it's Progress for the Planet w/Eric Hagen. Environmental news with a pro-green stance, including some environmentalist music from a variety of genres.
From 6:30-7pm it's the Middletown Youth Radio Project. A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.

At 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - offering listeners a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues. Plus health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips.

Next up until 10pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee where 60% of the show is love songs of different genre. The other 40% is Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.    
Then from 10pm - midnight, we go In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with
Dope Dave
– where downtempo
poets and acrobatic emcees weave lyricism through various soundscapes.

At Midnight until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE w/Clarence & Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

And then, from 3 until 5am you are taken to Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, who has
a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the 
BBC World News 
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic Café
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am, serving up a slice of Italy every Saturday morning. You don't have to speak Italian to taste it: just relax, listen, and enjoy!

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from Noah Baerman's Ripples featuring Noah Baerman, Kenny Barron, Jimmy Green and many others – and the selection is Ripples-for Margie. Find out more at

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at

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